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Podcast 197: Plan to Read More in 2019, Make It Easier to Follow Complex Instructions, and What to Do When Someone Ignores the Key Bowl.


Update: We introduce our new producer Bob Tabaddor at our new home Cadence 13! We're very excited to be here.

Our new producer, Bob Tabbador

We're getting ready to celebrate our 200th episode, which is hard to believe. We're going to do an "Ask Us Anything Episode," so please send along any questions you have for us—big or small, personal or professional. Email us at

Try This at Home: Plan to read more in 2019. Reading for pleasure is a habit that many people would like to cultivate.

We talk about using Goodreads to set a numerical challenge; you can find the Reading Challenge in the left-hand column. (While you're on Goodreads, you can add Outer Order, Inner Calm to your "want to read shelf.")

If you'd like my one-pager on Reading Better Than Before, it's here.

You may also enjoy my post on 13 tips for getting more reading done.

Every week, over on Facebook, I post a photo of the books I've finished that week, so if you're curious to know what I'm reading, take a look there.

Happiness Hack: If you need to communicate complex instructions to several people, make a video.

Know Yourself Better: Are you avoidant?

Listener Question: A listener's Rebel husband doesn't replace their one set of car keys in the Key Bowl.

We mention the Four Tendencies. If you want to know if you're an Upholder, Questioner, Obliger, or Rebel (or what someone else's Tendency is), take the quiz here.

Gretchen's Demerit: I promised myself that I'd add Kindle Notes in Goodreads for my book The Happiness Project 10th Anniversary Edition. I know that readers get a big kick out of these kinds of annotations.

After giving myself this demerit, I did make the Notes! And it was fun and not difficult to do, once I started. You can take a look here.

Elizabeth's Gold Star: Elizabeth gives a gold star—again—to the firefighters who have worked so hard to protect California from the terrible fires.


  1. If you pre-order my book Outer Order, Inner Calm, snap a photo of your receipt, and you'll get a copy of my pre-order bonus materials when they're available in January. Pre-orders really do help a book, so a gold star to everyone who has already pre-ordered.
  2. If you're getting ready to buy gifts for the holidays and would like to see my gift guides, check out my guide for readers of all kinds and guide to gifts suggested by my daughters Eliza and Eleanor.
  3. I do a weekly live show on Facebook called: “Ask Gretchen Rubin Live.” To join the conversation, check the schedule.

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